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Reviews

  • DVDit 5 review

    DVDit 5 is the latest mid-range DVD authoring tool from the only remaining member of the old guard of DVD developers – Apple, Pinnacle, or Sonic itself has bought everyone else. While competitors have meshed technologies together to create single applications, Sonic has a mess of different product lines aimed at tasks from home movies (MyDVD) to Hollywood blockbusters (Scenarist and DVD Producer).

  • Encore DVD 1.5 review

    The previous version of Encore DVD was great in terms of its integration with Adobe’s other video applications, but it suffered from narrow file support and a fiddly approach. However, on firing up version 1.5, the interface improvements are immediately evident, and QuickTime is now supported as an asset. This brings Encore up to speed with DVD Studio Pro.

  • Premiere Pro 1.5 review

    Version 1.5 of Premiere Pro 1.5 isn’t as fully featured an upgrade as After Effects 6.5, but there are some great new creative effects and some efficient workflow enhancements. The feature that received the most attention when Premiere Pro 1.5 was announced at the NAB show in Las Vegas was the addition of support for the wunderkind format 24P. This sounds great, but here in old Blighty ...

  • After Effects 6.5 review

    Of the three updates to Adobe’s Video Collection, After Effects has got the most out of the point-five upgrade. Plus, it costs £70 plus VAT whether you’re upgrading the Standard Edition or the Professional Edition, which is very reasonable. AE 6.5 claims more than 60 new effects, most of which have been bought from Cycore – the creators of the popular Final Effects plug-in set. Most of these are solid, one-shot effects, though effects such as ...

  • PowerShot S1 IS review

    Designed to resemble a scaled-down SLR camera, the Canon PowerShot S1 IS brings together a lot of advanced features considering its reasonable price tag. You could argue that 3.2 megapixels is not enough for a camera with full manual settings, a fold-out LCD, and the ability to accept accessory telephoto and wide-angle lenses. However, the modest resolution is a necessary compromise required by ...

  • Softimage|XSI 4.0 review

    If you’re looking to invest in a top-flight 3D animation system, there are a few big players to look at – and Softimage|XSI would be included in the list. The reasons for choosing one 3D package over another are many and varied, and the top contenders all have their strengths and weaknesses. Feature lists don’t tell the whole story, and high-end 3D applications all have similar features ...

  • Flix Pro 4.0 review

    Flash is used mainly for creating vector animations, but recent upgrades have put increasing emphasis on its ability to use video content within SWF files. With the arrival of Flash MX, Macromedia introduced a new ‘flash video’ format (FLV) specifically for that purpose. Flash video hasn’t taken off in a big way as yet, but Flix Pro could be the program that helps to popularize the format.

  • Crossbow XB-A700 review

    You wouldn’t normally call a workstation small and stylish – but that’s the perfect description for the Crossbow XB-A700. Armari has taken a chassis that would normally house a combo PC/hi-fi unit, and somehow fitted most of the usual workstation components inside it. The end result looks great - but once you stop drooling and start thinking, though, the XB-A700 isn’t so appealing.

  • PFBarn review

    The Pixel Farm is a relatively new company aiming their products at high-end effects facilities as well as those on a more restricted budget. Their products are not cheap, but compared to similar programs in the market they offer decent value. Their current product roster consists of three programs - PFMatch, PFTrack, and PFBarn ...

  • ProCoder 2.0 review

    As with many of Canopus’ products, ProCoder has gradually emerged from obscurity to challenge the established names. ProCoder hasn’t disappointed in the past, but with version 2.0, Canopus hopes to make the software fit more seamlessly into a professional production environment.

  • HumanEyes 3D review

    HumanEyes 3D is an interesting new technology that creates stereoscopic images for print or on-screen viewing. It was originally invented to allow a single digital camera to capture 360-degree panoramas for stereoscopic viewing – this hasn’t previously been possible with one camera. Technically it’s not true 3D, but ‘2.5D’ as the subjects only rotate slightly, but your eyes see a realistic continuous-depth impression.

  • Nikon D70 review

    For users of SLR cameras, going digital can have a major impact on the wallet. SLR prices jump from hundreds of pounds for a film camera to thousands for a digital model, which is why most digital SLR manufacturers have concentrated on the professional market – until recently. Nikon’s 6.1-megapixel D70 is the company’s first model designed for photographers of all stripes.

  • DVD Studio Pro 3 review

    Apple’s premier DVD-formation package is now in its third incarnation, bringing new interface elements, workflow enhancements and wider format support to Mac-based DVD authors. The basic method of constructing a DVD remains the same, but the power of the application is in the compact nature of the process.

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